We’re here. After months of anticipation and preparation, we finally made it to Nashville, TN for the 2015 BlogPaws conference! I’m so excited!!!!
Our flight left from Phoenix, AZ bright and early at 6am yesterday. We traveled with our friends Kama, Polly Pocket and Porky pig from Kama Love’s Agility. Wynston did amazing at the airport and on the airplane. I’m so happy I ended up purchasing a new carrier for him. It really helped to have a window that opened up on the top so Wyn could stick his head out.
After our 3 hour flight, we checked in to the Sheraton Music City hotel. It’s absolutely beautiful. I really love the vintage, Nashville charm it has. Of course, the scenery helps! We aren’t used to so many trees and grass, so we appreciate the change! We could definitely do without this insane humidity though…
We had a relaxing afternoon at the hotel. Originally we planned to go downtown but it started storming as soon as we got to the hotel. Honestly, I didn’t mind too much because we rarely get to experience thunderstorms. I ended up getting a quick nap in before the ice cream social!
The best part about yesterday was meeting all of the amazing bloggers that inspire, help and support me. The BlogPaws community is such a fantastic group of people. It was so much fun to meet everyone in person, and to have people come up to me who read my blog or follow Wynston. It’s been very humbling!
This morning a local Nashville news station came to the hotel to showcase this huge pet blogging event! Many of us gathered in the lobby while the news crew interviewed influential bloggers and took video of the cute dogs, cats, hamsters and rats that were in our company.
Around 10:30am we went back up to the room to relax a bit before the exhibit hall of sponsors opened up at noon. The room was wall to wall companies and people. It was much too overwhelming for Wynston. I attempted to carry him in one arm and my bag in the other while talking to brands but it just didn’t work out. I figure I’ll speak to several companies each day so I don’t stress Wynston out too much. The good news is, I did make 4 awesome connections with companies today that I’m looking very forward to working with!
From 1-4pm, I went to a workshop about how to write and improve sponsored posts. I knew most of the content that was talked about but it was nice to see other examples and hear the facts from expert bloggers. Afterwards we went to our room for an hour before the yappy hour, where we roamed and chatted over appetizers with other bloggers.
The opening conference remarks took place from 6:15-7pm. The president from Mars Petcare, the main BlogPaws sponsor, gave a wonderful speech and showed some great videos. It was also announced that the BlogPaws 2016 conference will be in ARIZONA!!!!!!!! OMG! It’s going to be 20 minutes from my house!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Party at my house!
Wynston has had a bit of an upset tummy since we got to Nashville. Luckily after dinner tonight he finally went to the bathroom. Now we’re resting (well, I’m working) in the hotel room and preparing for our busy day tomorrow! Day 3 here we come!